TWIN FALLS • Two stuntmen's plans to jump the Snake River Canyon probably will be pushed back to late September or even October because of TV scheduling.
Texas motorcycle daredevil “Big Ed” Beckley plans to jump the canyon on a rocket-powered motorcycle, and Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun plans to traverse it on a steam-powered rocket.
Both hoped to capitalize on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed jump attempt in 1974.
Originally, Beckley had planned to jump Sept. 7, Braun a week before. But the dates had been up in the air since Fox television agreed in May to broadcast both jumps. There had been talk of even doing them the same day.
Representatives of Omega Point Productions, the company behind Braun’s jump, told Jerome County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee on Thursday that the dates are in flux and the jump could get pushed back due to TV scheduling concerns on Fox’s part, said county Commissioner Cathy Roemer.
The next day, Beckley called the Sheriff’s Office saying the same thing, said county Commissioner Charlie Howell. The county hasn’t been officially notified of any date changes or given new dates, though.
"Really, it works in our favor as far as I'm concerned," Roemer said Monday, as it gives the county more time to prepare.
Roemer said Omega Point and Beckley still will be held to the deadlines in their permits. Omega Point is to have a security plan in by July 3; Beckley, by July 7.
“We’re going by the information that was provided to us on the applications,” she said.
Howell said Beckley promised to meet his deadline.
Beckley told the Times-News Monday morning that the date for the jump hadn’t been fixed. He said Fox has been moving forward with preparations for the show, doing a promotional photo shoot with Beckley this week and scheduling a July meeting with him and TV critics in California.
“It’s happening, for damn sure,” he said.
The publicist handling the program for Fox didn’t respond to a request for comment Monday.